TOTAL JUSTICE (KENNER)
It’s not uncommon for superhero stories to introduce a villain that’s some sort of dark reflection of the hero, but there are few instances as straight forward as Professor Zoom, the Reverse Flash. Reverse is right there in the name. Toy makers are fond of this particular character, since he’s a pretty easy palette swap of the Flash. I’m looking at one of those figures today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Reverse Flash was released in 1999 as a ToyFare magazine exclusive continuation of Kenner’s Total Justice toyline. Despite how easy it is to make the character, this would be his very first figure (though one was planned for Kenner’s Super Powers line before the line ended). The figure stands 4 3/4 inches tall (and would be closer to an even 5 if he were standing up straight) and he has 5 points of articulation. The sculpt for this figure is, predictably, reused from the main line’s version of Flash. Now, if you want to get technical, it’s a Wally West Flash, and Professor Zoom should have Barry’s costume, but the differences are minor enough that it’s not really worth complaining about. As far as the quality of the sculpt, it’s got all the hallmarks of this line, with the proportions and muscularature being super exaggerated and the whole figure being super pre-posed. Of course, the pre-posing is less of an issue here, since they gave him more of a running pose. Zoom’s paint is reasonable enough. It’s a bit brighter than the corresponding Flash was, and the yellow looks a touch goofy with how blindingly bright it is. Also, the contrast really isn’t there between the eyes and the mask, like it was on the Flash. Perhaps black eyes might have worked better? It’s not terrible, though. Reverse Flash included no accessories, but since all the main Flash got was tactical armor, I don’t feel like he’s really missing out.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s this figure that’s the whole reason I even know this character exists. Back when I was much smaller, I saw him on a dealer’s table at a Farpoint. He was too pricey for me to get at the time, but my dad explained the character to me, and I’ve been intrigued ever since. It’s taken a while, but I finally found this guy, courtesy of House Of Fun, last November. He’s pretty simple, but still a lot of fun.